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Fridge and freezer safety advice for landlords from Which.co.uk
21/09/2017
11:42 am
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Consumer group Which? are calling on manufacturers to reject inadequate current safety standards and immediately stop making non-flame retardant plastic-backed fridges, freezers and fridge freezers.

Following a recent review of cold appliance safety, Which? have written to manufacturers this week urging them to stop using these backings, as they could create a fire risk in people’s homes due to their potential to accelerate the spread of fire.

Which? are calling on manufacturers to do the right thing by taking immediate voluntary action to end production of these appliances. They’re also asking the industry to accelerate the introduction of tougher safety standards on cold appliances, so that the use of potentially flammable backing material is no longer allowed.

Fridge and freezer safety advice for consumers from Which?

Due to these safety concerns, Which? no longer recommend that you buy a fridge, freezer or fridge freezer with a non-flame retardant plastic back.

They’ve taken this precautionary position in order to best protect consumers, after evidence from London Fire Brigade indicated that the risk of a fire spreading is greater with non-flame retardant plastic-backed cold appliances and following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

Not all cold appliances come with non-flame retardant plastic backs. To make it easier to see which do, Which? fridge freezerfridge and freezer reviews now indicate what the backing material of each appliance is and whether it is non-flame retardant. In total they have stopped recommending almost 240 products, dozens of which were previously ‘Best Buys.’

What if I already own one of these appliances?

If you already own one of these models, Which? assures that refrigerator fires are rare. Their July 2015 research into government fire data found that only 7% of fires caused by faulty appliances were caused by fridge freezers, fridges or freezers. The concern is that the backing material allows an existing fire to spread – it isn’t the cause of fire itself.

Therefore, Which? aren’t recommending that you replace your current appliance. But when you do come to need a new fridge, freezer or fridge freezer, you should buy one with flame-retardant backing.

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13/10/2017
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I have joined a electrical safety organisation which sends me a list of appliances from manufacturers who have had problems reported to them. I get the make and  model number etc so i can check my appliances every now and again.  

13/10/2017
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When we lost the 10% allowance I stopped providing any furniture or white goods.  The headache has gone away.

13/10/2017
8:08 pm
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I agree David

I stopped providing white goods for my flats but i still have to provide them for my HMO

What the government reaps the tenants lose  

14/10/2017
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The problem is not whether you supply the white goods or not 

That is essentially irrelevant. 

What is relevant is whether such goods as may be in a LL  cause a fire. 

A fire can severely damage a LL  business.

Therefore a LL  should know ALL  the details of any electrical product in his property. 

Difficult to mandate I know 

We have had exploding iphones and laptops.

But realistically LL  can only manage white goods 

As a LL  I would require the details of ALL white goods in my properties 

I would then check them out. 

If they are on the list then I would require the tenant to remove the appliance or get it repaired if possible. 

Appliances  are a major risk to a property 

They are the things that cause most damage.

An appliance is not a safe device.

They can go wrong anytime.

The problem with fridge/freezers is they are on all the time.

Although there are few moving parts.

What there are of them are intensively used. 

F/F are a major hazard 

Grenfell was caused by a defective F/F

A good quality F/F is a good investment  to ensure a fire isn’t caused 

So perhaps LL  should provide a F/F but nothing else 

14/10/2017
2:21 pm
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Not a problem in my Flats Paul, the tenants do not need any cooking or storage facilities.  ‘White Lightning’ needs no cooking and does not last long enough to need storage.

20/12/2018
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Paul Barrett: Good suggestions.

I was a bit disturbed when my council asked that all my equipment in the HMO is pat tested,  Toaster etc, and that i cannot have an dehumidifier in my laundry room in case it catches fire. Its an excellent piece of equipment . But… what happens if my fridge freezer catches fire ? Perhaps i should remove that . 

I asked them if my tenants should have their computer / TV equipment checked as well,  they said ‘that was not a requirement’

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Not a problem in my Flats Paul, the tenants do not need any cooking or storage facilities.  ‘White Lightning’ needs no cooking and does not last long enough to need storage.  

David: Smile
 

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